Rafael Nadal not recognised by guard at Paris Masters

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Nadal has already made sure he would finish the year on top of the ATP Rankings and thus he will not be expected to push himself too much to feature in the year-ending event in London.

Injuries have influenced the ATP Tour very seriously this year. The 31-year-old battled wrist problems in 2014 that caused him to miss the U.S. Open, and he ended his season prematurely in October that year to undergo appendix surgery. He had won five consecutive French Open titles from 2010-14.

"I can not talk about London now", he added. For me, it's about the longer term.

"I'm going to go back, check again with the doctors (like) I did after Shanghai", Nadal said.

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Nadal has also been troubled by knee injuries in the past and preferred not to take any risks by continuing to play at the Paris Masters, where he has never won.

A far cry from his condition a year ago, sitting on the sidelines for most of the second half of 2016, nursing a wrist injury and falling to ranking #9, the Mallorican native focused on the opening of his new tennis academy, inviting his also-injured friend and rival, Roger Federer, to appear in the opening ceremony. Play Daily Sports challenge and win cash prizes daily! "Of course it's a very tough decision for me, especially here in Paris, which has been the most important city in my career without a doubt", said Nadal, a 10-time French Open champion.

Fans will have to wait and see, for now, if Rafa Nadal will be gunning for a first-ever ATP Finals title over taking the time to let his knee heal and focus on the long-term.

The Bulgarian will make his debut at the season-ending World Tour Finals and is set to be seeded sixth.

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